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Published March 28th 2017
Embrasser la Tour Eiffel (Kissing the Eiffel Tower) (by French Speak)
Spoken in over 25 countries and the official language of the Olympic Games and the United Nations, French is a lingua franca or bridging language connecting diplomats, artists and lovers in different countries with almost 300 million speakers. Before you begin an existential debate with a French philosopher, become a committed francophile or try escargot, start with these top 8 options to learn French throughout Brisbane.
Alliance Française de Brisbane - West End
Since 1907, Alliance Française de Brisbane has been France's cultural home in Brisbane. Supported by the French Government, the AF has courses for children, teens and adults with festivals, special events, a library and the Culturetheque, a special e-library, to practise your new language. The course range is comprehensive, from standard and intensive formal courses to workshops, private tutoring and a special short course for travellers. This course for travellers, at 2.5 hours a week for 4 weeks, is $230 and is offered at 2 levels for both beginners and those looking to brush up on past training. It's geared to ensure you can start conversations, ask for directions and order food, arrange transport and accommodation and handle emergencies (including directions to a restroom). Enrol at Alliance Française de Brisbane.
University of Queensland
The Institute of Modern Languages at the UQ offers courses for 31 languages, including Latin, Farsi (Persian) and Tetum (the official language of East Timor). Six levels of French language courses allow students to progress from absolute beginner through to a mastery of French with discussions in current affairs, cultural and political issues and literature. There is also a high school enrichment course for teenagers completing the International Baccalaureate program. The language taster course in 3 x 1.5 hour sessions is only $99, giving you a quick introduction to the language of love. The beginners/travellers course in 8 x 2-hour evening sessions is $345. Enrol at University of Queensland.
LaPont - Southbank, CBD, Manly and Newmarket
The teachers at LaPont are native speakers, familiar with the spoken and written language and the etiquette of France. After completing a course, you can celebrate with a French immersion luxury guided tour to the authentic France for the best of the nation's culture, sights, gastronomy and wine. Besides the intermediate and elementary courses, there are 2 beginner options, each 90 minutes for 10 weeks, starting at $280. Enrol at LaPont.
Calmez vous et parlez Francais (Calm down and speak French) (by French Speak)
The tutors at French Speak have decades of collective experience, using their native language skills to teach French in Europe, online and now in Brisbane. Learning also occurs beyond the classroom, with regularly scheduled social events to hone your skills. There are options to join small group training with 4-6 students, corporate training or private tutoring. There is also assistance for high school students and children. The offerings are very flexible, with a pay-as-you-go system to the weekday evening classes starting at $30/hour or $300 to prepay for 12 sessions. Enrol at French Speak.
French Lessons Brisbane - Wooloowin
Although French Lessons Brisbane teaches from a language studio at Wooloowin, their tutors can also visit your home or converse via Skype. Instead of a very formal approach, the tutors keep the lessons fun with roleplays, games and songs to bring French culture alive in the classroom, preparing you for a fantastic holiday. You'll master the language with lessons personalised and scheduled for your pace and availability. The lesson plans are flexible, allowing you to learn either to holiday in France or read Descartes. Enrol at French Lessons Brisbane.
Brisbane French Language Group
If you're searching for friendly French-speaking locals and fellow English-speaking learners to chat with, this Meetup group is ideal as you each hone your vocabs. Meeting each Sunday morning for coffee at the Powerhouse, you can indulge your love of French culture with like-minded souls. RSVP at Meetup. There are plenty of other meetup groups for all levels of fluency.
Embrasser votre amant sous la Tour Eiffel (Kissing your lover beneath the Eiffel Tower) (by French Speak)
Voulez Vouloz - throughout Brisbane
Voulez Vouloz is one of the most convenient choices for learning French as your tutor visits your home, office or favourite cafe to expand your vocab with private 1 hour lessons for up to 3 students, catering for all skill levels and ages. You won't need textbooks as the lessons are practical, focusing on real conversation and 'sticks' - quizzes, translation games and vocab lists - to practise with. If you're learning solo, you can start with a trial lesson for $80 or lock in the best value with 9 lessons for $700. Alternatively, share the cost with 2 friends with $900 for 9 lessons, costing $300 per student. Enrol at Voulez Vouloz.
French4UUUU has options for small groups, private tutoring, university and high school revision, corporate and children's classes. In the small group course with up to 4 students and 50-minute lessons, you'll progress in fluency to listen, speak, read and write in French with units covering grammar, pronunciation and colloquialisms in topics ranging from greetings and directions to shopping and sociocultural relations. The Pay as You Learn system is $30/group session and $40/private session. Book a lesson at French4UUUU.